Japanese doctors will throw away about every sixth dose of vaccine from the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer. The reason for this is in the design of the jar in which the drug is stored, Cabinet Secretary General Katsunobu Kato said at a press conference in Tokyo, Reuters reports.
Kato explained that the bottle is designed in such a way that a special syringe is required to use it. A conventional syringe is capable of pumping out only five of the six doses contained there, and the rest has to be thrown away.
“We are trying to stock up on these special syringes,” the politician assured. However, he stressed that they are not easy to get, and because of this, the deployment of vaccinations with the American drug will reach the planned level only in about five months. About 12 million people will not receive their dose in the first wave of vaccinations.
In January, the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed the danger of a new coronavirus mutation that was discovered in Japan.